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« on: November 09, 2005 05:36:36 PM »


I saw some cute printed satin fabric and wanted to make a pair of shorts for casual wear (to wear at home).  But as a newbie, I have totally no knowledge on how to do it.  Any kind soul has a tutorial to share??

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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2005 08:51:02 PM »

Seriously, crotch curves are very hard to draft and I would sugggest getting a pattern. I made a pair of shorts in sewing class. It was a pajama pant pattern.
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2005 07:30:28 AM »

Patterns help you with the shape and also give you instructions on how to put it together.

Beware - many people buy the wrong size pattern the first time out.  Forget about the size you buy in a store.  Measure your waist and the widest part of your hips and buy according to that. 

Or measure the width of a pair of shorts or trousers that you like (it has to have the same amount of stretch as the fabric you're going to buy).  Check that measurement against "finished garment measurement" that is often listed on the back of the pattern envelope.

This is because patterns (and RTW) always have some ease to make them wearable.  If your shorts were exactly the same size as your body, you couldn't walk or sit down.  Pajama patterns have a lot of ease because most people want a loose fit, so you may want to buy a little smaller if you don't want that much extra room.


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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2005 07:49:34 AM »

my first clothing project were pajama pants, but i think to make shorts the steps would roughly be the same, though you do want to follow a pattern's instructions, because there may be some funny steps or soemthing like that, and also have someone take your measurements,  as LRS and the SingingLlamas have already mentions. those steps are key to your success.

but to get your head around the process, here is what you do:

1. you cut the four pieces of material.
2. then you match up the crotches of the front of the shorts right sides together.
        - sew just from the waist to the bottom of the crotch (the curved seam).  set them aside.
3. do the same for the back to the shorts.
4. then you match the crotches and the waist together- right sides together.
5. sew the leg inseams. from the cuff up to the crotch.
6. sew up the side of the legs.
7. turn under your cuffs, and turn in your waistband, and sew them up.

my second pair or pj's came out much better than the first. perhaps give it a try first with fabric that's not your favorite.

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